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Group:  A | 23.01.2008, 20:00h
Group:  A | 23.01.2008, 20:00h
60-59
18 - 139 - 1517 - 2116 - 10
18 - 139 - 1517 - 2116 - 10
Venue: Villeneuve d' Ascq (FRA) |
Spectators: 1800 |
Referees: Vincent Delestrée (BEL), Oscar Perea (ESP), Ilona Kucerova (CZE)

GAME REPORT


Late Wambe Lay-up Lifts Lille Into Eighth-Finals

ESB Lille Metropole fought to the end of their Group A campaign and survived to reach the eighth-finals of the EuroLeague Women.

Needing to upset Fenerbahce in France and for Phard Napoli to also beat TTT Riga in Italy, Lille had their prayers answered.

They defeated Fener 60-59 on Kathy Wambe's lay-up in the final seconds while TTT Riga lost in Naples, 68-65.

The coach of Lille, was relieved and very excited after the game.

"It was satisfaction mixed with all kind of emotions tonight," he said.

"Congratulations to all the players because it was an exciting EuroLeague game. It is good for the town and the fans. I love this kind of emotion."

Geraldine Robert led a balanced Lille scoring attack with 16 points while Jucimara Evangelista Dantas scored 12 points and grabbed six rebounds.

No more than four points separated the two sides in the fourth quarter, and the game was knotted at 57-57 with 1:59 remaining after Robert made the first of two free throws.

She also sank the second for a one-point Lille advantage, only for Cappie Pondexter to reply for Fenerbahce with a lay-up with one minute remaining.

After both sides missed jump shots, a Fenerbahce turnover gave Lille the final possession and they made the most of it.

Belgium international Wambe received a pass from Dantas and drove into the lane to score the go-ahead lay-up as time expired.

Wambe finished with eight points and six assists.

Lille won the game, despite turning the ball over 20 times compared to just 10 for Fener.

COACH QUOTES


Quotes ESB Lille Metrople vs Fenerbahce

Abdou N'Daye, coach ESBVA-LM:

"It was satisfaction mixed with all kind of emotions tonight. Gongratulations to all players because it was an exciting EuroLeague game. It is good for the town and the fans. I love this kind of emotion."

Zafer Kalaycioglu, coach Fenerbahce:

"It was a very hard game for us and we had to win tonight because we wanted to play Krakow in the next round."

Géraldine Robert, player ESBVA-LM:

"It was a great victory. We played good defense, it was the key of the game. This is a collective victory. It is a very good experience to play against this kind of teams."

Accumulated statistics

43.4%

23/53
FG
M/A

31.8%

21/66

41.0%

16/39
FG2P
M/A

41.7%

20/48

50.0%

7/14
FG3P
M/A

5.6%

1/18

58.3%

7/12
FT
M/A

72.7%

16/22

34

8/26
RT
RO/RD

40

16/24

15

AS

11

20

TO

10

6

ST

11

3

BS

1

19

PF

18

60

Pts

59

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